Nine-year-old Paul Hooper is tackling a six kilometre walk to raise funds for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (PCH).
Paul, who is a regular visitor to the hospital, wants to give back to PCH staff for all the help and care he receives. To assist Paul in maximising his effort, the Minderoo Foundation has agreed to match the proceeds raised by the campaign.
Paul and his family will join other fundraisers walking around the Swan River and Optus Stadium for the Euroz Big Walk event on March 17th . This will be a huge achievement for Paul, who has Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and a Stoma.
“I’ve learnt to never give up, have a go and believe we should always see the ability,” Paul said.
After a recent procedure at Perth Children’s Hospital, Paul noticed an advertisement for the Euroz Big Walk for PCH and told his parents he wanted to take part.
“I’m inspired by how the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation helps to transform the lives of sick kids in WA,” Paul said.
Since he was born Paul has been a regular visitor to PCH. Over the years he has undergone several operations, MRI’s, ultrasounds and clinic appointments.
Paul’s parents Quentin Hooper and Shezanne Gibbs-Hooper said they are constantly inspired by their son’s ability to overcome challenges.
“He always blows us away with his positive attitude and resilience,” Mr Hooper said.
“This is in part due to the relationship we have built with the nurses, physios and doctors at PCH. We are very fortunate to have the children’s hospital and such great medical care in Western Australia.”
“As Paul’s parents we are very proud of Paul and his growing independence in regards to handling his disability,” Ms Gibbs-Hooper said.
“Like any nine year old Paul can still be a cheeky ratbag, and like any family we can still have our bad days, but they’re always outweighed by the good! And with the help of family, friends, PCH, our school community, workmates and neighbours we’re constantly reminded of how much support and love there is out there.”
The Minderoo Foundation will match all donations received (capped at $10,000) until midnight on 17th March.